The Parochial Church Council of Holy Trinity Church, Thorpe Hesley has received a confirmed grant of £108,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for their project to refurbish the stonework it was announced today. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the project aims to protect the structural integrity of the Grade 2 listed building.
The project will carry out essential conservation work to the fabric of the church. An educational programme is also planned and will aim to encourage people who visit the site to discover their local heritage. This will involve developing guides, a treasure map for children from local schools to come and explore the heritage of the church and its graveyard. Volunteers will be given training so they can assist visitors.
The building is a focal point for the local community and together with the adjacent Community Centre (whose construction also received Big Lottery Fund support) is currently used by over 20 community groups. The church was built in 1837 and has been used as an Anglican church for the village but it is increasingly becoming an important venue for community activities. The churchyard has 4 Commonwealth War Graves and a listed War Memorial
Revd Lynn Broadhead from Thorpe Hesley Parochial Church Council said: “We’re delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support. The church has given the village a place for worship for the past 180 years, since 1992 both Anglicans & Methodists have worshipped together as a Local Ecumenical Partnership and it’s great to know that we are a step closer to preserving the building for another century. Our site is a focal point of the village community with a Spring Festival, Thorpe Hesley Village Show & Christmas Tree Festival all making use of the building.” Notes to editors About Holy Trinity Thorpe Hesley Holy Trinity Thorpe Hesley is a Local Ecumenical Partnership of Anglicans and Methodists worshiping together in the old Anglican church in the village.
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